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Measure Twice (or More), Cut Once 

From now into the weekend—but especially today and tomorrow—is one of those times when your motivation is running high to move on projects that would otherwise be daunting. This is good news, though it comes with some caveats: you’ll need to plan; watch out for unnecessary risks (especially of the physical variety); and keep a tight rein on things like stubbornness and ego. Some subtler, slipperier factors will be at play, too.

The main event is Mars in Taurus squaring Jupiter in Leo. This is exact Friday at 8:29 pm EDT.

Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, is not the most comfortable sign for Mars; it can be patient and persistent there, but that persistence can easily become stubbornness and possessiveness—especially with regard to money and sex. Jupiter in Leo can be very courageous and generous, but it can also get egotistical, prideful and extravagant.

With these two planets squaring each other from fixed signs, you’ll want to beware of getting stuck in one (or more) of those less-productive frames of mind. Because if you do, your judgment will become compromised, especially regarding impulsive risks. You might feel determined to barrel through whatever you’re facing, and you’ll have plenty of energy with this aspect to launch yourself and keep going.

What you might then lack, however, is the perspective to determine when enough is enough—or when jumping in is ill advised to begin with. There is risk of physical injury when Mars and Jupiter square, especially when such a physically oriented sign as Taurus is involved.

With the Moon exactly conjunct Uranus in Aries right as Mars-Jupiter is exact, the potential for rash, impulsive acts and sudden, surprising mood changes increases Friday evening. Be especially aware of your impatience (and that of others) if alcohol is involved.

This doesn’t mean you should fear every impulse or desire you have for the next two to three days. It does mean that since ‘getting going’ is the easy part with this energy, you’ll want to be extra conscious of your planning, preparation and evaluation steps. Those are the parts that won’t come as naturally.

Hence the title of this piece: ‘measure twice (or more) and cut once’ should be your metaphorical mantra right now. With some planning and foresight, you can be really productive and energetic when Mars and Jupiter square. And you don’t have to wait till they’re exact; Mars aspects are known to be potent and palpable as they build. Partly this is because ‘what could be’ is emphasized over ‘what is.’

This is great news for business and creative endeavors, the latter of which are being supported by another aspect now and into the weekend. Asteroid Vesta is conjunct Neptune (exact today) in Pisces, and the two of them are being squared by Venus in Gemini (exact Sunday at 6:29 am EDT).

I’m going to offer some ideas about this aspect pattern in the form of questions for you to consider:

—How devoted are you to exploring your imagination? How devoted are you to your artistic expression?

—Do you hold space in your life/self for deep, boundless love and ‘spiritual’ or ‘selfless’ sexual connection?

On the flip side:

—Are you romanticizing your sacrifices?

If so, be particularly aware of giving too much money or energy (under the guise of ‘love’) as a result of deception or denial.

It’s one thing to be devoted to an ideal. It’s another thing to be deluded as to what that ideal really is. Venus in Gemini is capable of holding two emotional truths in mind at once. You may want to measure each of them a couple times before you cut.

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